The Bishop of Sokoto State Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has said that “Nigerian Politicians do not believe they can just win an election by fighting hard so, they are expecting you to pray for success of their political enterprise”,
He made this known on Sunday, during a virtual interview with Academic and Historian, Toyin Falola.
During the interview, Bishop Kukah called on the Religious Leaders in the country, not to grovel before Politicians, and to resist the political class from contaminating their faith in God
His words: “Nigerian politics as you can see from Okija to other places, has become so highly spiritualised, and this is what happens in an environment when there are no predictors, there are no signs. Nigerian Politicians do not believe they can just win an election by fighting hard so, they are expecting you to pray for success of their political enterprise.
“It is not about electoral outcomes, or how well electoral laws are; it is that we are operating in an environment that is so dubiously spiritual. The challenge for us as Spiritual Leaders, is to maintain the integrity of faith. I have a bit of experience, but I am happy and lucky that I have been able to go from one generation to the other, from one administration to the other, because you have to be careful of the choices that you make.
“There are lots of people who are unhappy with me today, but I can tell you after 2023, the same people who are unhappy with me today, will be the ones who will be singing my praises. The same people who are singing my praises today, if they come to power, they will be the ones who will cast me out.
“I am happy with that label, because it suggests a certain kind of neutrality, and this is where we should be going. Religion ought to be protected from contamination by the power of the State.”
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